Worldwide, millions of people of all ages practice Zhineng Qigong and the number is growing every day as more and more people are discovering its amazing healing effects. Zhineng Qigong is an effective Chinese health method and one of the most well known recognized Qigong forms in the whole world. For thousands of years, Qigong has been part of Chinese Culture. In the last years, Zhineng Qigong has become a lifestyle for many people around the world. It’s a unique way to rejuvenate your health and increase your vitality with soft movements.
This style of Qigong was originally developed for use in the world’s largest Chinese “medicine-less hospital”, and is now practiced widely throughout the world. Zhineng Qigong is characterized by group practice, with practitioners “organizing the Qifield,” a technique they believe enhances healing. The style employs a comprehensive system of Qigong movement, meditation, visualization and awareness techniques.
The word ‘Zhi’ means ‘wisdom and intelligence,’ referring to the large brain’s cortex function that handles external objects. ‘Neng’ means ‘ability,’ including both mental and physical abilities. Zhineng Qigong is one form of Qigong that opens human wisdom and strengthens human ability.
Mastery of Qi is achieved through Mastery of consciousness. (Dr. Pang Ming)
The long history of Qigong has led to a wide variety of forms, some more meditational, others more physical. Zhineng Qigong focuses on both mind and body but sees the mind as paramount.
More than 5000 years ago, the ancient Chinese Masters came to the understanding that everything is composed of the same energetic substance, which they called Qi. They observed that there is a oneness and wholeness in all existence and that everything is energetically interconnected as one. The ancient Chinese believed that all transformations happened due to the influence of Qi. All things (birth, death, etc.) happening between heaven and earth are caused by and formed out of Qi. Qi is vibrating in constant energetic motion within all things.
Based on a lifetime of Qigong practice and study, in 1979 Dr. Ming Pang founded the Beijing Qigong Research Society. In subsequent years, he gained increasing recognition and influence. He led efforts to establish a solid scientific basis for Qigong and, more generally, for traditional Chinese medicine.
All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
Pang Ming was born in 1940 in a north China village. He was part of a big extended family that included practitioners of Daoist and folk Qigong. Teacher Pang’s studies led him into Traditional Chinese Medicine, taught by two great Chinese Masters. In 1973 he had begun working alongside a Qigong Master, teaching Qigong and giving lectures. By the mid 1970s he had come to the conclusion that the medical approach was too limited and that the goal must be not just to cure illness, but to change people so illness did not recur. He started to teach in a revolutionary new way: he invented the use of the Qifield for teaching.
In 1988 Dr Pang set up the Shijiazhuang Zhineng Qigong Centre. More and more people flooded in, another centre was set up in Qinhuangdao in 1991, followed in 1992 by the Hebei Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Research Department. During this time Dr Pang established a 2-year course to provide a higher level of teacher training. This had profound significance for Zhineng Qigong because its students have since worked all over China and throughout the world.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (Laotse)
Zhineng Qigong works with the principle of Qi. All things in the universe, visible or not, are manifestations of Qi.
Zhineng Qigong is based on the ‘one unified Qi’ level, before the Yin/Yang is formed. This level of Hunyuan Qi is the primal level. When the Taiji movement starts to transform and integrate but has not yet transformed into Yin/Yang, between Taiji and Yin/Yang. This is the level that Dr. Pang Ming gave the name primal Hunyuan Qi. At this level, there is no need to distinguish different objects. This level of Hunyuan Qi goes directly to the source.
Hunyuan Entirety Theory states that everything in the universe is a manifestation of Hunyuan Qi, that the transformations of Qi are the natural laws governing each and every life, and that these laws can be known.
The Dao that can be told is not the eternal Dao.
Zhineng Qigong was found to bring the greatest health benefits of the many types of Qigong studied by the China Sports Bureau in 1997. It is also easy to learn and can be practiced anywhere and any time. Dr. Ming Pang developed it in the 1980s, drawing on Chinese and Western medicine and science. It spread rapidly in China and then beyond. Regular practice of Zhineng Qigong increases vital energy and unblocks the energy channels of the body to bring about a free flow of qi and blood.
Lift Chi up Pour Chi down is the first level of Zhineng Qigong dynamic methods. It’s a basic method for cultivating good health. The Body and Mind method (second level) is more physically challenging than the Lift Qi Up Pour Qi Down Method. It works with the internal Qi, integrating the body and mind, and allowing the Qi to penetrate more deeply into the muscles, tendons, and bones. The Five Hunyuan Organ Method is the third level of Zhineng Qigong. It is called the internal Hunyuan stage since it works with the Hunyuan Qi of the internal organs.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.